Richard S. Witlin, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Visix LaserLASIK (which is an abbreviation of Laser In-Situ Keratomileus) is a state of the art laser surgical procedure to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Laser vision correction surgery has a long track of success and safety, having been performed world-wide for the past 20 years. Laser vision correction was initially done using a procedure called PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) that involves removing the surface layer of the cornea and treating the underlying tissue with the laser. PRK is still done for certain patients and works well, LASIK has evolved into the dominant type of procedure being done by experienced refractive surgeons. Custom Lasik is my procedure of choice based upon the outstanding results that I have been able to achieve for my patients. I personally have performed over 7,000 LASIK procedures.

LASIK can treat low to moderate degrees of nearsightedness (myopia), and can be combined with the treatment of astigmatism. If your eyeglass prescription is between -1.25 to -9.00, you are potentially a candidate to have laser vision correction surgery. Similarly, if you are farsighted (hyperopic), and your distance eyeglass prescription is between +1.00 to +3.00, you may be a LASIK candidate. If your prescription is outside of these parameters, you may still be a candidate for a different type of refractive surgical procedure such as a refractive lens implant or a clear lens extraction.

LASIK Procedure


Since PRK was first performed in 1987, more than three million laser vision correction procedures have been done in over 50 countries around the world. Refractive eye surgery has become mainstream and is an accepted alternative to glasses and contact lenses in properly selected patients. I had LASIK surgery more than 12 years ago and have truly enjoyed my freedom from eye glasses.

Refractive surgery is an exciting and rewarding field. I love the happiness that I can bring to my patients in changing their lives for the better. Many of my patients refer their friends and family to me for care. We do not charge for LASIK consults.

The decision to have laser vision correction is a very personal one. Do your homework carefully. Look for an experienced and caring surgeon. Do not make your decision simply on the basis of price.